Editor: In just the last three years climate disasters, primarily wildfires and hurricanes have cost us ~$415 billion. Farmers in the Midwest are abandoning sodden fields after unprecedented flooding this year. The lobster industry on our northeastern coast is shifting north as waters there warm. Melting permafrost is forcing an entire village in Alaska to rebuild elsewhere. The list goes on and will only get longer as the Earth’s climate continues changing.

Thanks to human ingenuity and technology, maintaining a high standard of living and economic growth while protecting our air, water and natural environment is possible.

Led by the United States, the world’s nations came together to stop radioactive fallout from above ground weapons testing, acid rain from trans-boundary air pollution and the thinning of the ozone layer by chlorofluorohydrocarbons.

Finding global solutions to global problems is possible.

We need to re-frame climate change as a problem to be solved. Only then can we develop strategies for protecting critical infrastructure and vulnerable industries; providing for communities devastated by climate disasters and dealing with climate change globally.

Carolyn Blackmore

Lake Havasu City

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tomgarven

It is always refreshing to see how 4 or 5 small paragraphs from Carolyn can result in about 3 full pages of comment text by various people. And usually when the topic of global warming, climate change and CO2 levels come up you can usually fine at least a few paragraphs from yours truly. But today I am just not feeling it because its all a huge waste. Let me explain.

The Lawrence Livermore National Labs is a recognized leader in several areas. One of those areas is energy consumption and they produce a nice graphic showing where our energy comes from, how it is used and how much we waste. Here is the graphic.

https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/

If you glance at the very right side of the graphic you can see some pretty shocking numbers. 68.5% Rejected Energy and 32.7% goes to Energy Services. Is it possible we as Americans are WASTING 68.5% of every BTU of heat energy we create. Yes it is true so I don't get all that excited when someone starts talking about 335 ppm of CO2 on a mountain top in Hawaii or something like the New Green Deal. You see energy is BTU's of heat used in some way to create electricity or the movement of something like a car or truck for example. And where do you believe all of that wasted heat energy goes?

Yes it goes right into our oceans, lakes, rivers and our air. Much of this waste heat comes from the cooling of the condensers of the 9000+ power plants we have in America. And of course our cars, trucks, buses our homes and businesses.

So no, I don't get too excited about a bunch of climate scientists who supposedly agree that the plant is warming. Of course the plant is warming - why wouldn't it when we are dumping that much waste heat into our environment. And of course the planet is getting greener since there is more CO2 in the air and the plants have a longer growing season. Such simple logic and yet we have governments spending billions of dollars for more studies and international meetings which do nothing. You certainly don't need a 97% consensus to understand what is happening. Just read our posting in the News-Herald, we can tell you.

So no I don't get too excited any more until I begin to see some action from Congress addressing what we know is true.

Did you know the average car in America is only about 17-21% efficient. All of the rest of the energy that car uses just ends up as waste heat in our environment.

Did you know we waste about 30-40% of all of the food we produce in America. You know that same food we tilled the soil with tractors burning diesel fuel polluting our environment.

So the next time we start talking about Global Warming let's change the dialog just a little bit and start thinking about ways to improve the efficiency of everything we do. We can not as a society tolerate the waste of 68% of our energy reserves forever. It just can't be sustained. Begin to think about what you as an individual can do to "clean up the air we breathe and the water we drink". Congress with it's 17% approval rating and certainly not our world governments are going to fix what we know needs to be done.

It is "We-The-People" who must act and do the work. I hope no one ever waits to take their spouse or child to a Doctor with a 17% approval rating like Congress has.

Have a great day everyone. And as Carolyn says, we have the technology and we know what needs to be done and yet it is my belief that government will never be the solution.

Carolyn and Fred

Excellent points Tom.

tomgarven

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Mr Lemons

500 GLOBAL CLIMATE SCIENTISTS CHALLENGE MOB HYSTERIA

A global group of more than 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields representing 23 countries have written to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, challenging any scientific or moral basis for prevalent alarm-based proposals.

A tiny sampling of the many prominent signers include American MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen, Freeman Dyson of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton, and Stanford University professor emeritus Elliott D. Bloom.

The letter supports a prima facie case against climate alarmism with eight straightforward and readily verifiable facts.

1. There is no climate emergency.

2. Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming.

3. Warming is far slower than predicted.

4. Climate policy relies on inadequate models.

5. CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth.

6. Global warming has not increased natural disasters.

7. Policy must respect scientific and economic realities.

8. An honest climate science debate is warranted.

Why hasn't there been an honest debate? Perhaps the reason was best explained by Ottmar Edenhofe, who co-chaired the U.N. IPCC working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

Speaking in November 2010, he advised that: “…one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth...”

https://www.newsmax.com/larrybell/climate-change-global-warming-ipcc/2019/10/14/id/937026/

HwyRovr

Below are 35 facts about climate change

Fact 1: The global temperature on an average has increased by 0.6 to 1 degree Celsius.

Fact 2: The United States constitutes 5% of the world population and contributes to 22% of world’s carbon emission.

Fact 3: Around 15% of the carbon released in the environment is due to deforestation and change in use of land.

Fact 4: The golden Toad is the first species to go extinct due to climate change.

Fact 5: Vehicles like cars and truck contribute to 20% of carbon emissions in the United States.

Fact 6: Air conditions and heating elements consume 50% of electricity in America.

Fact 7: Hurricanes, droughts and coral deaths are few of the natural disasters resulting from climate change.

Fact 8: Climate change enhances the spread of pests that cause life threatening diseases like dengue, malaria, Lyme disease etc.

Fact 9: The hottest years have been experienced since 1990 till 1997. The warmest years have been from 2015 - 2018.

Fact 10: The number of climate change related incidents have increase four fold between 1980 and 2018.

Fact 11: Land use change and deforestation contributes to 15% of carbon emission every year.

Fact 12: The climate change scenario was much stable before the industrial revolution and has been rapidly changing since then. Today the reality is that climate change is only going to get worse.

Fact 13: A separate budget of US$ 40 million has been allotted for climate change research since 1990.

Fact 14: Due to the greenhouse effect, the average temperature of the earth is 15 degrees rather than -18 degrees without the greenhouse effect.

Fact 15: Carbon dioxide constitutes only 3.6 % of total greenhouse gases out of which 0.12% is attributed to human activities.

Fact 16: Carbon dioxide is not the only contributing gas towards climate change. Other gases like methane and nitrous oxide are far more dangerous than carbon dioxide alone.

Fact 17: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a leading body fighting against climate change.

Fact 18: The Kyoto Protocol, is an organization formed to analyze and fight against climate change.

Fact 19: According to World Food Program (WPF.org), by 2025, the number of people affected by climate change disasters could reach 500 million per year.

Fact 20: Over the last 50 years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increase by 30% due to burning of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and other gases, trapping more heat in the lower atmosphere.

Fact 21: The rising temperatures will cause more deaths not due to natural reasons but as a result of overheating and rapid spread of deadly diseases.

Fact 22: Classic examples of climate change can be seen by the damages causes due to heavy rains and disasters like Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hurricane Sandy in 2012 and hurricane Maria in 2017.

Fact 23: Above 600000 deaths occur worldwide every year due to climate change. 95% of these deaths take place in developing countries.

Fact 24: Climate change can have serious health impacts such as heat stress, extreme cold which can cause major deaths due to heart diseases.

Fact 25: In the past two decades more than 150,000 deaths have occurred in Europe alone due to diseases caused by rising temperatures.

Fact 26: Pollen and aeroallergen high levels also lead to rising temperature. This can cause asthma which affects 300 million people worldwide.

Fact 27: Climate change is rapidly causing coastal flooding and displacement of people. Floods further cause major damages by injuring and killing people. They can even cause deadly diseases by spreading infection and vector borne diseases.

Fact 28: Due to water shortages, the transportation of water will cause it to contaminate and make it even more deadly by spreading diseases.

Fact 29: Malaria, diarrhea and malnutrition are diseases are water borne diseases that have caused more than six million deaths since 2005, one third of these deaths are in Africa.

Fact 30: Steps to reduce greenhouse gases can help save the negative health impacts. Promoting safe public transportation and active activities like walking or use public transport can help reduce carbon emissions. This can also help to cut down traffic, air pollution and thereby reducing cardiovascular diseases.

Fact 31: Various countries have taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This has led to positive health effects. Promoting green transportation and car pooling can help to reduce carbon emissions and improve public health.

Fact 32: Depending upon the carbon emissions, a rise in temperature from 1.1 degree up to 6.4 degree is expected by the end of this century.

Fact 33: Over the next 20 years, global warming is expected to increase by 0.2 degree per decade.

Fact 34: The effects of climate change can have a disastrous impact on our planet Earth. High temperatures, loss of wildlife species, increase in sea level, changes in rainfall patterns, heat waves, stronger storms, wildfires and shrinking of arctic ice are few of the dangerous effects of climate change.

Fact 35: According to a recent report by Oxfam, climate change could push food prices by 50-60 percent more by 2030.

The horrifying impacts of climate change are definitely a nature’s way to indicate that the worse is yet to come. Human beings can be called ‘men of wisdom’ only if we are prepared and already taking action to save the world from such terrible effects of climate change.

Source WHO

HwyRovr

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

American Association for the Advancement of Science - "Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening." (2014)

American Chemical Society - "The Earth’s climate is changing in response to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and particulate matter in the atmosphere, largely as the result of human activities." (2016-2019)

American Geophysical Union - "Human‐induced climate change requires urgent action. Humanity is the major influence on the global climate change observed over the past 50 years. Rapid societal responses can significantly lessen negative outcomes." (Adopted 2003, revised and reaffirmed 2007, 2012, 2013)

American Medical Association - "Our AMA ... supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report and concurs with the scientific consensus that the Earth is undergoing adverse global climate change and that anthropogenic contributions are significant." (2013)

American Meteorological Society - "It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide." (2012)

American Physical Society - "Earth's changing climate is a critical issue and poses the risk of significant environmental, social and economic disruptions around the globe. While natural sources of climate variability are significant, multiple lines of evidence indicate that human influences have had an increasingly dominant effect on global climate warming observed since the mid-twentieth century." (2015)

The Geological Society of America - "The Geological Society of America (GSA) concurs with assessments by the National Academies of Science (2005), the National Research Council (2006), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) that global climate has warmed and that human activities (mainly greenhouse‐gas emissions) account for most of the warming since the middle 1900s." (2006; revised 2010)

International Academies: Joint Statement - "Climate change is real. There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as complex as the world’s climate. However there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities (IPCC 2001)." (2005, 11 international science academies)

U.S. National Academy of Sciences - "Scientists have known for some time, from multiple lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate, primarily through greenhouse gas emissions."

U.S. Global Change Research Program - "Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities." (2018, 13 U.S. government departments and agencies)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.”

“Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”

Source - https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

dougleonard6

Fake news here.... all "think"

HwyRovr

As usual a fool shows up with nothing to say except "fake." Why not prove it wrong? Oh, can't do that can you?

dougleonard6

I can, climate has been changing before man was even here. North America was under ice and now it is not.... hmmmm... climate changes no matter what you do... get a life

HwyRovr

Around the world intelligence agencies have alerted our intelligence operations the Russians – with the blessing of the scum squatting in our White House – are once again attempting to influence our election through the use of social media and low-life operations such as FAUX News, NewsMax along with Republiscum members of Congress. For the most part the purveyors of this trash can be easily identified because they are – as a group – dumber than a box of Palin’s. They never actually respond to factual information and choose to use the term “fake” or “liar” as their witty rejoinder. Best advice is to realize when you see such nonsense you are actually seeing Comrade Dumbsky doing the bidding of his/her handlers and to either ignore them, or call them out as tools of the Russians.

simon1dog

Carolyn, it's nothing to lose sleep over. Climates have been changing for ages. Case closed.

dougleonard6

I agree, nature has been changing on its own and they "think" people are doing it

HwyRovr

Sad, so very sad.

Carolyn and Fred

I believe you missed the point of my letter. I am not losing sleep over the fact that the climate is changing. I am losing sleep over the fact that continuing to argue over WHY the climate is changing is diverting critical attention away from best addressing HOW to manage the effects of climate change. Climate change is a global problem impacting the US at all levels; nationally, regionally and locally in very expensive and worrisome ways. Understanding and planning for the impacts is what we should be doing now.

tomgarven

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